CALLING a female work colleague “love” or “hun” is demeaning, a judge dominated yesterday.
But males will be dubbed “lad” or “mate” as they’re deemed nicknames.
Judge Pauline Feeney stated: “Calling somebody ‘mate’ or ‘lad’ is not a pet title. In our opinion it’s a nickname. They’re not demeaning.
“However, chick, babes, bobs, honey, hun and sweetie are all demeaning and infantilising ways of referring to women.”
Her feedback got here as funeral residence boss Mike Hartley misplaced an enchantment in opposition to his sacking.
A listening to in Manchester was advised he made “unacceptable” remarks to colleague Rachel Anderton.
Married Hartley, in his 40s, allegedly requested about her “vital statistics”.
Ms Anderton, additionally complained that he as soon as known as her “Rachi-boobies”. Other employees claimed he vetted job candidates on whether or not they had been “hot” or “fit”.
Hartley denied the allegations however was fired final yr.
The panel discovered the agency in Blackpool had did not observe correct course of and dominated he had been unfairly dismissed.
But it stated it was proper to fireside him, and refused him compensation. It additionally threw out his intercourse discrimination declare.